If you want to be noticed you arrive in a Rolls-Royce. If you want to arrive in understated premium luxury, comfort, and silence, without any real fuss, then you arrive in the back of a Mercedes-Maybach S Class.
Of course, most of us will never be in a position to afford one of these. And even if we could, our sensible heads would probably tell us to buy something else. But let’s not get bogged down with that right now. There’s enough things to worry about in life, so join me on a journey where we suspend reality for a moment and indulge ourselves in the fantasy of what it is like to actually be driven around in a Mercedes-Maybach S Class.
Let’s wonder no more. The nice people at Mercedes have prepared some beautifully crafted footage of the experience, for our indulgence.
Did you know..
The S-Class was the world’s first series production car to use only LEDs as light sources
Over 500 LEDs are responsible for illuminating the road, the vehicle, the interior and the boot. Depending on the equipment level, there are up to 84 LEDs per headlamp, 35 LEDs per rear light (plus 4 for the rear fog lamp) and around 300 LEDs in the interior (incl. ambience lighting).
The S-Class is the world’s first car able to detect road bumps in advance
If ROAD SURFACE SCAN detects such undulations with the help of the stereo camera, MAGIC BODY CONTROL adjusts the suspension in advance to suit the situation.
Over 100 electric actuator motors ensure comfort just in the interior of the S-Class Saloon
These include e.g. a maximum of 21 electric helpers for perfect climate control, up to nine actuator motors per front seat and twelve per rear seat. Other helpers include e.g. five motors for exterior mirror lens adjustment, folding and parking position for the front passenger mirror and another five motors for silent closing of the doors and boot lid.
14 pneumatic massage cells per seat can enhance the well-being of passengers
The cells are individually actuated by solenoid valves, and together with the seat heating function they provide a massage on the hot-stone principle. Passengers are able to choose between six different ENERGIZING massage functions – on request also in the rear.
The Parking package boasts 4 cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors
These link up to produce a 360° camera, providing a bird’s eye view of the vehicle and its surroundings. The image covers an area approx. 3 m around the vehicle.
Various radar systems and a stereo multi-purpose camera are used for the driving assistance systems
A long-range radar scans the road ahead of the vehicle across a distance of approx. 250 m in various ranges and beam angles and is able to detect relevant vehicles in bends even on multi-lane roads via linking with the steering angle. Multi-mode radar sensors scan the directly surrounding area alongside and behind the vehicle at a larger angle. They are able to scan asymmetrically approx. 40 metres into the blind spot at the side, while at the same time covering a range of approx. 80 m directly behind the vehicle to detect e.g. overtaking vehicles. The stereo camera is able to cover a range of approx. 90 metres in 3D; it is also used as a multi-purpose camera over a range of up to 500 m, e.g. to control Adaptive Highbeam Assist.
The heatable windscreen (optional) is able to dispense completely with distracting heating wires
The windscreen is heated by a sheet of invisible silver foil embedded within it. This ultra-thin, infrared-reflecting foil is subjected to a voltage of 42 volts with the help of a DC/DC converter. Thanks to an output of 900 watts, an iced-up windscreen can be thawed in approx. 3.5 minutes to the extent that any remaining ice is easily removed by the windscreen wipers.
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